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Thousands participate in the New York City Half Marathon

Posted: 1:54 PM, Mar 17, 2013
Updated: 2013-03-17 19:02:13-04

NEW YORK CITY (PIX11)– Tens of thousands of people lined New York City streets this morning for the New York City Half Marathon.

Spectators cheered on a parade of runners as they made their way through Central Park, into Times Square, and finally finishing the thirteen-point-one mile race near the South Street Seaport.

Sharon Dunigan braved the cold to cheer on her daughter Lauren, “She’s running to break a record, her own record.”

Almost fifteen thousand runners from twenty-two different countries participated in the race.

It’s the first major run for the New York City road runners since Hurricane Sandy forced the group to cancel the New York City Marathon back in November.

Runner Kelwin Conroy finished the half marathon for the third time and she says there’s no other race like it, “the people, the energy, it’s just awesome.  It’s so great for the city to be rebuilding.”

Runners raised more than four million dollars for charities.

Kilt and all, runner Ryan Pipkin raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help support cancer research, “we raised over nine hundred thousand dollars for this race, just in New York, over the last six months.”

While the fastest runners finished the race in just over an hour, for many just crossing the finish is an accomplishment to be celebrated.